10 years ago, Cambodia crowned a new king. King Norodom Sihamoni replaced the flamboyant King Norodom Sihanouk during a lavish and colourful (yes, I know…) ceremony, thus turning an important page of its history.
The complete set of photographs can be found HERE on my website.
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The 200 evicted people from Bavel district in Battambang province are preparing their petition…
The workers are fitting hundreds of coloured light bulbs on the structures carried by the barges for the Water Festival…
And I am preparing to upload the coronation of King Norodom Sihamoni from 10 years ago on my website…
About 25 people from the airport community who are under threat of an eviction held a demonstration near Wat Botum instead of the intended location of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence, monitored by the same amount of journalists and yet again the same amount of human rights observers. The whole lot was closely watched by scattered, and therefore hard to count, units of municipal security guards and riot police, when it moved on to the National Assembly.
Meanwhile 200 people confronted with a land issue in Battambang province and who came down to Phnom Penh are hosted by the monks at Wat Chas.
Somewhere between 800 and 1,000 members from various civil society and youth organisations, joined by buddhist monks from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ), marched from the French embassy to the Chinese embassy with a few stopovers at the U.S., British, Australian, Russian, Japanese and Indonesian embassies, spiced with a longer stop at the National Assembly, to commemorate the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1991 which sealed the fate of today’s Cambodia.
Nearly 20 people were wounded yesterday on Sihanouk Boulevard during the violent dispersion by municipal security guards of a demonstration held by villagers from Preah Vihear province who wanted to get their land issue known to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
See also HERE.
This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.